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Panther Chameleons

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Becca Sutterfield

on 15 October 2013

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Panther Chameleon
by:Becca Sutterfield
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Furcifer
Species: F. Pardalis
Panther Chameleons
Chameleons are R strategists because they have many offspring, little parental care is given, and they have a shorter life span.
1. http://www.arkive.org/panther-chameleon/furcifer-pardalis/
2. http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo61591.htm
3. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/forests.php
4. http://www.reptilechannel.com/media/lizards/lizard-species/panther-chameleons.aspx.pdf
5. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/172955/0
6. http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Heterotroph
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Location and Biome
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Location: Lives in Northern and Eastern parts of Madagascar.
Biome: Tropical Forest
Average temperature is 68-93 degrees.
Rainfall evenly distributed throughout year. Exceeding 200 cm per year.
Contains nutrient-poor soil.
Highly diverse tree and plant and animal species.
Panther Chameleons are endemic to the rainforests of Madagascar.
They are abundant in lowlands of the northeastern and eastern areas of the island.
Throughout these lands there is a minimum population of 451,730 panther chameleons.
The largest threat to the population is humans. These chameleons are often taken from their natural habitats to become bred as pets.
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Producers- grasses and leaves
Primary Consumers- crickets, roaches, and worms
Secondary Consumers- chameleon
Tertiary Consumers- large snakes and birds.
Chameleons are primarily carnivores and are heterotrophs because they gain their carbon dioxide through the consumption of other organisms.
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Alleles of a Panther Chameleon.
sex-link colors- Males are the only ones who have color. Females are white.
Also there are more dominant colors in males that show up most common.
Chameleons eyes are independent from each other so this could help them look for predators since they are not very fast.
A chameleons also have a tongue that is roughly the size of their body with a sticky substance at the bottom to grab their small prey.
All chameleons have a problem with parasitism. Different worms are contracted from the crickets they eat often.
Panther Chameleons don't have to much competition except with each other. They tend to overpopulate in areas causing competition among their own species and other lizards for their prey.
The niche of a panther chameleon is to populate areas of Madagascar and to eat many insects to keep their population in check. They are also common pets overseas.
What if the Panther Chameleons were taken out?
The panther chameleon doesn't have too many predators and all of their prey is common for other species to eat. So if they were taken out of their food web there would most likely be an increase in their prey and an increase in the other predators of their prey. But I don't think their predators would decline in population much.
Human Impact
Humans can have a negative effect on this population because we take them as pets which is really their biggest threat to survival.
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